Barriers

Ironically, though, the more capable the individual devices become, the more frustrating are the challenges that come with not having them work together more effectively. In the past, all the serious work only happened on PCs, so that was the only logical choice for many tasks. Similarly, large capacity storage was also only available on PCs, meaning they were the only place you needed to go to look for whatever files you desired.

Bob O’Donnell | Techpinions.com

Cockroaches

As I awoke one morning from uneasy dreams I found myself transformed in my bed into a gigantic insect. Like Gregor Samsa in Kafka’s Metamorphosis, I had mutated into an enormous and abominable cockroach with no prior warning. It just happened. As I woke up, I could feel how my new legs and antennae moved with sinuous speed.

Daniel Sarmiento | El País

Two sides

This is all devastating news for democracy. It is obvious that democracy requires us to sustain the idea that our political opponents may yet be reasonable and sincere. In order to take seriously our role as democratic citizens, we need to be able to regard those with whom we disagree as nonetheless our political equals, entitled to an equal share of political power. Forces that erode our aptitude for reasoned disagreement by dissolving our ability to see the possibility of rational opposition to our own views are fundamentally at odds with our democratic ideals. If we lose the capacity to engage in reasoned debate over fundamental matters, we lose the capacity for self-government, and perhaps the entitlement to it, too.

Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse | 3QuarksDaily.com

A Few Thoughts on the Catalan Independence Referendum

With regard to the crackdown, a couple of things should be kept in mind. First, nobody died, which is a bit of a miracle, considering the red-hot passion on the Catalan side. From the film footage I saw, it seemed to me that the Spanish police were remarkably restrained and only responded with batons and rubber bullets when under physical threat from the pro-independence protesters. Second, given the Supreme Court ruling, the Spanish government was obliged to enforce the rule of law and should not be unduly blamed for the unpleasantness that followed.

Marian Tupy

Origin: A Few Thoughts on the Catalan Independence Referendum​ | Reason.com

Robots have already taken over our work, but they’re made of flesh and bone

It’s not just the intensity of the monitoring that is different. Surveillance is increasingly hidden. In Taylor’s analogue era, workers were acutely aware when they were being observed by management with stopwatches and notebooks. Today management tools are much less visible. A cashier at a fast-food franchise who rings up purchases with a virtual cash register app on her tablet might be unaware of the programs running surreptitiously in the background, logging keystrokes, recording audio or video, transmit

Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger

Source: Robots have already taken over our work, but they’re made of flesh and bone | Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger | Opinion | The Guardian